As If Microsoft Weren’t Far Enough Behind…

The competition

While the name issue may not be Microsoft’s biggest problem, and the software issue is expected to be resolved in early February, these issues certainly don’t help the company gain traction in the uphill battle for a share of the market dominated by Google and Apple, and may force Gartner to lower its expectations for the future, in which Microsoft’s operating systems are still expected to account for less than a third of the sales Android and iOS are pulling in.

Microsoft taking a hit from these issues could prove fruitful for Google and Apple, as the share of tablet sales that would have been expected to go to Microsoft could instead be absorbed by the much bigger players in the tablet market. Of course, it also leaves the market open for another competitor to swoop in and take that number three spot.

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